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Mom Life Unfiltered

Ashley Solberg & Julie Johnson

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No more mom life filters, raw moments only please. Assembling a village to discuss the beautiful chaos of motherhood as we navigate team no sleep with no drop of coffee left behind. More chats on the moments we all know are happening behind the social media feed. Hosted by mama friends Ashley Solberg (@ashleysolbergblog) & Julie Johnson (@mommajules_01)... Join the mama village: INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/momlifeunfltrd_ FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momlifeunfiltered ...
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The XOVERLAND Podcast

Clay Croft, Rachelle Croft, Jimmy Lewis

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Welcome to the XOVERLAND podcast, an exploration of adventure, those who pursue it, and all that makes it possible. Gather insight and inspiration from engaging conversations with trailblazers from around the world. Whether they be travelers, entrepreneurs, influencers, or experts in their field, we're here to share their unique voices and learn all that we can in the process. Our conversations may delve into the intricacies of overland vehicle electronics, the psychology of pushing past one ...
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The team at Mainline Overland have been around the block when it comes to building overland rigs. From helping build rigs like MAK and Owen's (Bound for Nowhere) Tundra to helping people outfit an adventure ready lifestyle, Mainline are here to make building an overland rig accessible. Jimmy and Leah learn all about how to plan your suspension as y…
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How do you thrive while on extended overlanding trips? There are few people that have overlanded around the world more than Scott Brady. Extended trips and overlanding are not always as glamorous as it looks. There are many things to consider when heading out for a long trip, or even a weekend adventure. What you bring with you is only half of the …
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There are more use cases for aftermarket bumpers than being able to mount a winch and lights! Overall safety should be a part of the equation when considering where you spend your money on your build. From safely carrying a spare tire to protecting from animal strikes, CBI's armor for your vehicle offers tons of versatility all of your needs. We ha…
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Cyrus (18 years old), Ryder (15 years old), and Eli (13 years old) had the experience of a lifetime overlanding through southern Africa with the XOVERLAND Team. What was it like to see this part of the world through the eyes of a teenager? The boys chat all about their highest and lowest moments of the trip. Watch this podcast here!…
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Richard and Ashley Giordano (Desk to Glory) have been around the block with the XOVERLAND Team. In our most recent series, Season 6: Africa, the Giordanos joined the Croft family on a 60-plus-day journey around southern Africa. This expedition took the team through South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia. Ashley was our navigator for the 10,000km trip,…
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Is traveling to Africa a bucket list item on your overlanding to-do list? If so, Dr. Jon is the go-to guy to get you, your partner/s, family, or team medically prepared for this adventure of a lifetime. Serving as Team Doctor of the XOVERLAND crew for the Season 4: Return to Alaska Series, Dr. Jon was cherry-picked by XOVERLAND’S Clay Croft, to rep…
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Until recently, vehicle manufacturers didn’t supply off-the-lot options for overlanders, so we’ve adapted by modifying vehicles to suit our needs. Little did we know that Toyota secretly developed the solution we’ve all been waiting for—the Tacoma Trailhunter, a rugged new platform designed for overlanders to “go far.” The latest XOVERLAND series p…
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Since 2010, XOVERLAND founders, Clay & Rachelle Croft, have been traveling the world with a team of adventurers and filmmakers to locations as varied as Central America to Scandinavia. For their most recent overlanding experience, the trailblazing couple took their three boys–Cyrus (18), Ryder (15), and Eli (12)–to Africa with the Expedition Overla…
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When trying to figure out a plan for your next vacation, are you interested in booking a “tour” or experiencing a real “adventure”? To begin with, maybe you’re wondering exactly what the difference is between the two. Joe Fleming, owner/founder of Bonafide Moto Co. based in Southern Africa is on the show to explain how the ADV motorcycle experience…
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Considered by many in motorsport to be the world’s toughest race, the Dakar Rally is renowned for the extreme off-road challenges it poses for both motorcyclists and drivers alike. Described as not just the biggest Rally Raid in the world, but as “an incomparable human adventure,” this year’s Dakar Rally will last 14 days and take place in Saudi Ar…
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Many of us in the traveling and outdoor adventure community currently parenting or considering becoming parents wonder about this pivotal question: Can I take my kids out of school to join me on an epic adventure? To help find the answers, the team at XOVERLAND has brought together three guests to serve as a panel of experts who can share their exp…
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“Outdoor Recreation Planner” for the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), Erik Lundin, joins us on this episode to discuss all things associated with recreating and adventuring on BLM lands. Whether overlanding, fishing or hunting, bicycling, heading out on horseback, riding motorcycles, river running, or studying songbirds, Erik will help us answer fu…
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What do you get when two guys who grew up knee-deep in the RVing industry decide to build a compact, well-constructed truck camper perfect for vehicle-based adventuring and overlanding? The “Skinny Guy Camper” of course! For this episode, we sit down with Skinny Guy Campers co-founders, Jason Bontrager and Donavon Fredrickson along with Chief Opera…
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For this episode, Jimmy & Leah sit down for an expansive conversation with MAK (Mary Ashley Krogh) and Owen of Bound for Nowhere. MAK & Owen share the details of how they became close friends with other traveling creatives like Karissa & Linhbergh of gondirtin and Chase & Aimee Bartee of Tight Loops Fly, and we discuss the unique qualities of the o…
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What is it like to go from being successful L.A. professionals living in the suburbs with two kids to being full-time family overlanders traveling out of a beautifully restored 1972 Ford Bronco on the adventure of a lifetime? Find out in this epic episode featuring Christine & Evan DeHaven of Family Overland Adventure. After pushing hard to become …
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XOVERLAND CEO, Clay Croft, jumps in as host for this special episode with photographer/social media influencer, Chris Burkard. Chris and Clay share a common bond through a life of making media around the adventures they pursue. We connect with Chris from his home in Iceland, where he and his family enjoy a life of fresh experiences both cultural an…
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We sit down with Brad Kowitz of TrailRecon to discuss how to get started driving more technical, 4WD-themed “trails.” What we’re thinking here is that there may be people who have traveled the entire length of the Pan-American Highway but have never considered attempting a challenging 4WD trail in the U.S. like the Rubicon, Magruder, or Colorado’s …
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This is one of our most extended and complex episodes to date–and for good reason. We have Rebelle Rally founder, Emily Miller, on the podcast for the first time and she has volumes of information to share about navigation, the Rebelle Rally, and driving skills, along with crazy stories about her experiences designing the Rebelle course with the li…
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Join us for our best episode yet on auxiliary power with our incredibly knowledgeable yet highly entertaining guest from Down Under, Mark Bruce, manager of International Training and Development at REDARC Electronics. Do you have lots of questions about auxiliary power systems for your vehicle, be it an overland vehicle, hunting rig, van, or even a…
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Chase and Aimee Bartee are extremely hard-working filmmakers with a passion for fly fishing, overlanding, and conserving the beautiful and wild country they love. The story of the Bartees is the story of two artists pursuing an uncompromising path toward their artistic vision. Finding success with their first film Journey On, the couple has develop…
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It’s one thing to head out camping and traveling for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months, but what about heading out on a 15-year full-time overland adventure around the world while raising your newborn child? Enter the world of Eric and Brittany Highland of Hourless Life. Eager to spend more time together after inhabiting the world of pr…
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What happens when two podcast hosts who spend most of their time talking about overland adventure head out on their own separate journeys? Find out in this authentic and insightful episode that is not without its share of humorous stories shared by our hosts. Jimmy and Leah have been hosting overlanding experts, insiders, and influencers for over a…
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It is common for many to offer the conventional advice to “never travel alone.” Filmmaker, Sterling Noren, has some alternative thoughts, however, when it comes to solo travel. With extensive solo traveling experience by motorcycle throughout many remote regions of the world, Sterling is on the podcast to share his insight, expertise, and rationale…
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For anyone traveling into the backcountry whatever the means of transport, taking precautions to prevent wildfire starts and knowing what to do to stay safe if a wildfire ignites near your location are essential outdoor skills. That’s why we’re grateful to have experienced wildlands firefighter, Jessica Braun, share her extensive knowledge and insi…
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There are some whose expertise when it comes to D.I.Y. vehicle modification, accessorizing, and maintenance is so advanced that they could probably get a job at most pro shops for the price of asking. For most of us, however, our D.I.Y. skills have their boundaries, and there comes a time when we must look to a competent pro shop to assist us with …
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Have you ever considered taking all of that money you’d be spending on labor and using it to build your own custom truck camper? That’s exactly what Courtney and Riley Casey of the popular YouTube series, Ambition Strikes, set out to do–and did it. Whether you’re ready to go all-in on a fully-built D.I.Y. truck camper or just looking to customize t…
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Water management and purification while hiking and backpacking is one thing, but managing a large quantity of water to supply an overlanding vehicle and several occupants over the duration of an extended trip is a whole different situation. Even if you are not heading out for an extended overland journey in less developed countries, meeting your hy…
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Hot dogs and hamburgers are always a win around the campfire, but maybe you’re looking for a way to spice up your culinary experience the next time you head out on the trail. That’s why we teamed up with Linhbergh and Karissa of “Gondirtin” for this episode. When it comes to elevating camp cooking, these two bring their A-game every time. The best …
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On this episode, host, Jimmy Lewis, sits down with XOVERLAND co-founders, Clay and Rachelle Croft, and XOVERLAND Content and Marketing Director, Evan DeHaven, to discuss everything happening that’s been happening behind the scenes at XOVERLAND and the new vision and direction for the company. Clay and Rachelle discuss their original vision for thei…
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Rachelle Croft sits down to host solo adventure traveler and highly successful YouTube creator, Eva zu Beck, to discuss what’s next for Eva after five years of global traveling. At the time of this recording, Eva is traveling across the U.S. to decide where she’d like to live as she works on her next move to “build a house and live in it.” Being th…
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In the second episode of our XOVERLAND Podcast Q&A Series, we take on questions from listeners and fans about the challenges of time, money, and geographic location when it comes to getting started in overlanding. Here are a few example questions we work on answering: How do you go overlanding if you’re working a full-time job and have responsibili…
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Rebecca Donaghe is an experienced film producer whose credits include noted feature works such as Finding Forrester, Where God Left His Shoes, and She Gets What She Wants. Her current passion lies in combining her love of adventure with her professional talent as a film producer by leading “special-ops style” expedition production crews to produce …
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This episode is our first dedicated to answering listener questions and the topic is building and equipping vehicles for overlanding, camping, and outdoor adventures of all kinds. Questions range from what the first modification should be on an overlanding vehicle to whether or not you should modify a vehicle in the first place. Experienced XOverla…
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So many of us are super-excited about the release of Toyota’s all-new, 4th Generation Tacoma and the overlanding-themed “Trailhunter” grade. That’s why we were so grateful to have the opportunity at Overland Expo West (2023) to sit down with Sheldon Brown, Toyota’s lead engineer for the all-new 4th generation Tacoma platform. Listen in on the conve…
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With one week to go till Overland Expo West 2023, we have event planner and all-around adventure woman, Eva Rupert, on the podcast to discuss what to expect at this year’s Overland Expo West! Overland Expo West is a massive event full of overlanders and exhibitors from all over the world. It is an event that will excite both those new to overlandin…
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Join us as we sit down with Expedition Overland Team Doctor and experienced E.R. physician, Dr. Jon Solberg, to discuss Wilderness Medicine for Overlanders. Dr. Jon was featured in Expedition Overland's Alaska: The Last Frontier, and also served as team doctor on Expedition 7s first crossing of the Greenland Icecap. In this episode, Dr. Jon will br…
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In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with former Expedition Overland team member, Ty Heaps. Ty’s history with Expedition Overland goes way back to some of our very first episodes, and he and Clay are eager to catch up, share some stories, and offer what they have learned from years of experience in working with groups and teams. Ty served in…
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We all poop (and pee!), so what are best practices for taking care of our “business” in the outdoors? We’ve invited Matt Caldwell, the Executive Director of TreadLightly.org to help us find answers to this question. Along with explaining best practices, Matt also shares the issues related to human waste that have developed recently as a result of a…
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Like many aspects of overlanding, keeping your vehicle in top condition and ready for your next adventure involves developing a mindset and body of knowledge and skills suitable to the task. For some, overland vehicle maintenance is a Zen-like pursuit that they enjoy doing themselves; for others, it is something they prefer to have done by a qualif…
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Adding additional means of electric power to your overland vehicle is customary to operate everything from winches, lighting, powered refrigerators, and possibly even your favorite coffee grinders. What options do you have to accomplish this task? What is the difference between a “Starter Battery” and a “House Battery”? What are power management co…
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In this episode, Jimmy is joined by X Overland team members Matt Hopkins (Global Logistics Coordinator) and Ryan Connelly (Operations Manager) to discuss communications for overlanding and outdoor adventurers. Matt is a High Alpine specialist for Gallatin Valley Search and Rescue in Bozeman, Montana, a member of our local HAM radio family, and, in …
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On this episode of the X Overland Podcast, we sit down with International 4wd Trainers Association Certified Master Trainer, Nena Barlow and Rebelle Rally Champion and X Overland Co-Founder, Rachelle Croft. Nena owns and operates Barlow Adventures, a business focused on teaching people how to operate their 4-wheel drive vehicles safely and effectiv…
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What were the best parts of Expedition Overland’s Nordic travels? Expedition leader and film director Clay Croft reflects upon his experiences while overlanding throughout Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and perhaps the most intriguing country yet—Iceland. Listen in as Clay discusses everything from camping opportunities along the T.E.T. (Trans Euro …
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Richard and Ashley Giordano of Desk to Glory are back at the X Overland Hangar preparing for their next adventure, so we thought we’d better catch up with this dynamic overlanding couple before they disembark. The two are sporting a new build and have big plans for the future. After spending some time discussing their work with Expedition Overland …
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Have you thought about shipping your overland vehicle across the ocean to venture to far-off destinations? Across the Atlantic to begin overlanding throughout Europe or maybe Africa? Or south to Columbia to begin the second leg of the Pan-American Highway? Maybe you’d like to ship your vehicle to New Zealand or Australia? You may have imagined thes…
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Relationships and marriages can be as tough as they are rewarding, and starting and running a successful business with your partner can present even more challenges. Clay and Rachelle Croft discuss what it’s been like for them to start and operate a successful business together based on an original idea of filming overland travel. Clay and Rachelle…
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If you're a fan of Epic Family Road Trip (EFRT), then you know all about the amazing camp cooking that goes on in the van Stralen family. Today, we sit down with Carol van Stralen, mother to Peter, Dan, and Caroline and wife of Pete Sr., to discuss philosophy, mindset, and best practices for delicious overland camp cooking! Carol shares her own ori…
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Few would argue that Goose Gear builds some of the best cabinetry and storage solutions for overlanding vehicles in the industry. At X Overland, Goose Gear has continued to meet our demanding needs as both overlanders and filmmakers, equipping our vehicles with custom-built storage solutions that keep our overlanding gear and camera equipment safe,…
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When it comes to taking kids on adventures in the outdoors, Megan Walthall has a lot of experience to draw from. The mother of three children (two girls and one boy), Megan and her husband, Bryan Walthall, have seen a lot in their years together adventuring as a family. Along with a host of outdoor experiences in their everyday lives, Megan and Bry…
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X Overland editor, Laura Titensor knows how to take risks and go after her passions. Now, this critically acclaimed filmmaker of her mini-documentary The Mark We Make is here to share her insight and story of how an idea and goal, turned into much more. As one of the final selects from the inaugural Overlander Film Fest, Laura is no stranger to tak…
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